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IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 offers a single point of control for a broad range of systems management functions. With IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS, you get the visibility, control, and automation of a large range of system elements spanning both the hardware and software resources of enterprises in a sysplex. This mature, solid approach to automating system and application start up, shut down, recovery, response to problems, and disaster recovery is a key component in helping improve availability and costs on IBM z/OS.
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 provides enhancements in system automation focused on minimizing users' efforts to reduce the costs of IT operation, to lower risks, and to improve system and application availability.
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 is a policy-based automation tool that manages systems and applications on z/OS. It provides:
IBM System Automation for z/OS consists of the following components:
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 makes use of advanced technology to monitor and manage critical z/OS resources in the most efficient and effective way.
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5:
The configuration assistant allows you to quickly configure IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 in a single-system and multiple-system environment by using lab-proven recommended configuration settings for IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS and IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS. Using a single options file, the configuration assistant generates all artifacts required to run the product, from data set allocation, to generating SYS1.PARMLIB and SYS1.PROCLIB members, populating the IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS DSIPARM, up to security definitions for the z/OS Security Server to help protect your automation environment. This eliminates various manual customization and configuration tasks, which were required with predecessor releases. Furthermore, a verification utility can validate that all prerequisites are fulfilled after the configuration is completed.
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS simplifies and improves the already existing security of the automation environment by consequently using roles with associated command and resource authorization levels. Users must be authorized to issue a command and to update a resource before that resource's status can be changed by that command. With IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5, you get third-party security checking for those users who access the product from Time Sharing Option (TSO) or from a batch job.
To simplify the definition effort, in combination with the configuration assistant, most of the z/OS Security Server profiles and resource definition commands can be generated automatically and saved in a data set member.
Integration with IBM Tivoli Monitoring products
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS improves the integration with IBM Tivoli Monitoring in multiple ways:
Certain high CPU intensive workloads can dominate the system during start or stop times. IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS introduces pacing gates that allow you to throttle the number of workloads that can be concurrently started or stopped.
Customization Dialog enhancements
Job log monitoring for JES3
Messages that are written to the JES job log or into another data set in the JES SPOOL are now also available for automation, regardless of what Job Entry Subsystem, for example, JES2 or JES3, is being used.
Enterprise Status Display Facility (SDF) status monitoring support
SDF now supports identical component names at the lowest tree level as long as this level does not immediately follow the root level to enable enterprise-wide comparisons, for example, status per system or status per sysplex, on the SDF panel. In addition, the display capabilities of SDF are enhanced so that the title line of a panel body can be placed anywhere in the panel.
Enhanced XCF communication
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS now enables XCF communication within the physical sysplex, beyond the scope of the SAplex. Commands and their responses, targeted to a system outside of the current SAplex but within the physical sysplex, can now be sent using XCF and do not require Tivoli NetView for z/OS remote command (RMTCMD).
IPL complete notification support
To let installations monitor the progress of an IPL, IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS allows the administrator to set a time limit and to mark those resources representative for a complete IPL. When the system is started initially, the observed status of these resources is monitored and IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS reports the status of the IPL when all resources became available before the time limit. It would also report the status at the time limit, when some resources are still not available. And optionally, it can report the final status, even after the time limit has expired, based on an automation option.
Relational Database Services (RDS) enhancements
RDS improvements deliver better performance for insert, update, and archiving of tables. Also, additional functions enable mass inserts or mass updates and similar capabilities for import and export. RDS can now also be used with volatile RDS tables, if no persistent data repository is available.
GDPS Active-Active support for multiple consistency groups
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS provides a subtower GDPSSAT for the GDPS Satellite component that is targeted for GDPS Active-Active environments in support of graceful switch and multiple consistency group support.
Tailor 3270 panels
All tabular panels with horizontal scrolling capabilities, for example, INGLIST, can now be tailored by the operators. It is possible to denote fixed and floating columns, to hide columns, to determine the order of the columns, and to specify the sort order for one or multiple columns. This helps to increase usability of the panels. This, together with colored status fields in the INGAMS and DISPMTR panels, helps to increase the usability of the panels.
Agent UP status delay
Some applications report themselves as being fully available even though some startup activities are still going on in the background. In order to avoid that subsequent automation activities are triggered prematurely due to relationships, IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS introduces a new field for applications that can be used to delay the true UP status by a user-defined time.
Configuration refresh monitoring
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS can now monitor the progress of a configuration refresh using INGAMS. It leverages the SDF capability that allows you to compare the same status descriptor for several systems. In the product provided sample panel, SDF visualizes when a configuration refresh is in progress, when an error happened, or when the refresh process has successfully finished.
The AOFEXC25 exit command
This exit allows installations to be informed about new, changed, or deleted APL, APG, and MTR resources detected during a configuration refresh using INGAMS. Administrators can use the exit to have a better understanding of the changes and may prevent the immediate activation of the changes. This is especially helpful when the automation policy can be updated any time but configuration changes are not done very often.
Serviceability enhancements when using NVINFO command
IBM Tivoli NetView for z/OS now includes the command NVINFO that adds important serviceability information into the netlog and, optionally, produces a dump of the Tivoli NetView address space. IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS provides a plug-in invoked by NVINFO, when System Automation for z/OS is configured, to include important serviceability information from a system automation point of view.
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IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 runs in a virtual storage environment on any IBM or non-IBM system configuration with sufficient storage to support the IBM z/OS operating system. The Processor Operations component supports IBM System z9, IBM System z10, and IBM zEnterprise system.
IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS is executed as an application on the IBM z/OS operating system.
Programming requirements for all functions:
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implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and
appropriate controls in application systems and communication
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One copy of each of the following publications is supplied in soft copy with the basic machine-readable material on DVD (SK3T-4271) for IBM Tivoli System Automation for z/OS V3.5 (5698-SA3):
Form Title number -------------------------------------------- -------- Product Automation Programmer's Ref and Operator's Guide SC34-2714 Customizing & Programming SC34-2715 Planning and Installation SC34-2716 Defining Automation Policy SC34-2717 User's Guide SC34-2718 Messages and Codes SC34-2719 Operator's Commands SC34-2720 Programmer's Reference SC34-2721 TWS Automation Programmer's Reference SC34-2722 End-to-End Automation Adapter SC34-2723 Monitoring Agent Configuration and User's SC34-2724 Guide
A program directory, in hard copy form is supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material. Form Title number -------------------------------------------- -------- Program Directory GI11-2719
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